Lake Maggiore which includes a lake or waterhole, mountains and a small town or village
A diverse landscape encompassing mountains and lowlands provides a picturesque backdrop for medieval villages and the famous fashion-obsessed city of Milan.

Lombardy is a breathtaking blend of mountain peaks, rolling hills and fast-paced cities. Visit quiet medieval towns nestled in the countryside, take part in an adventure trek through the Alps and go shopping in one of the fashion capitals of the world.

The biggest city in the region is fashion-forward Milan, which also happens to be Italy’s financial hub. Splurge on the latest fresh-from-the-runway fashions at designer retailers and learn about Milan’s history while touring centuries-old landmarks such as Sforzesco Castle and Filarete Tower. Milan also has an excellent arts scene. Highlights include the Ambrosiana Library and Painting Gallery and the Brera Gallery, which counts masterpieces by Raphael and Caravaggio among its collection.

Outside of Milan, worthy daytrip destinations include Monza, which is known for its historic royal residence, the Villa Reale. Visit the Colleoni Chapel in Bergamo and attend an opera at the magnificent Teatro Donizetti. In Cremona, about 90 minutes’ drive southeast of Milan, sits the Stradivarius Museum, whose exhibits chronicle the history of violin-making in the region.

Explore the Masegra Castle in Sondrio and head to the city of Lodi which retains its medieval charm. Wine tasting is a popular activity in the Franciacorta area, where vineyards stretch for miles. Foodies won’t want to miss Gorgonzola, where they can taste the potent-smelling eponymous cheese.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy alpine sports in the winter months at resorts such as Livigno and Bormio. In the summer, the Stelvio Glacier offers skiing even on the hottest days. Rafting and mountain biking are also common summer activities. For something more low-key, trek along the nature trails of the Sacred Mountains and sail across the sparkling waters of Lake Garda. See the landscape that inspired Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks as you stroll or cycle along the banks of the Adda.

Most international travelers to the region arrive via Lombardy’s main airport, Aeroporto Malpensa, just north of Milan. Driving and trains are the best ways to get around the region. Be sure to validate your train ticket by stamping it at the yellow machines on train platforms before boarding.

Visit the breathtaking region of Lombardy for urban excitement as well as idyllic lake and mountain scenery.

Popular cities in Lombardy

Milan showing heritage architecture, street scenes and a sunset
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Art
Wander the streets of Italy’s stylish northern capital to discover its artistic legacy, its culture of fashion and one of the largest churches in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Cathedral of Milan
Known for Historical, Castle and Mountains
Go beyond this city’s Venetian walls to see a preserved medieval town and check out the impressive art museums in the lower district.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza Vecchia
  • Duomo
  • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Livigno featuring mountains, snow and a small town or village
Known for Spas, Small town and Cheese
Explore the diverse duty-free shops in this traditional Alpine village, known for its reliable snow conditions.

Reasons to visit

  • Livigno Ski Area
  • Carosello 3000 Mountain Park
  • Valtellina Ski Area
Estense Palace featuring landscape views, a small town or village and a square or plaza
Known for Lakes, Castle and Gardens
The palace, basilica and castle of this enchanting city north of Milan lie between the Campo dei Fiori mountain range and Lake Varese.

Reasons to visit

  • Corso Matteotti
  • San Vittore Basilica
  • Estense Palace
Brescia featuring château or palace and heritage elements
Known for Historical, Business and Museums
Famous for hosting Italy’s Mille Miglia classic car rally, this city is also home to historic sights including Roman ruins and Romanesque churches.

Reasons to visit

  • Mille Miglia Museum
  • Brescia Castle
  • Piazza della Loggia
Como-Brunate Funicular showing a bay or harbour and a bridge
Known for Lakes, Ferries and boats and Boating
The “City of Silk,” overlooking Lake Como and bordered by the Swiss Alps, charms with its cafe culture, ornate churches and luxury silk trade.

Reasons to visit

  • Como-Brunate Funicular
  • Piazza Cavour
  • Como Cathedral